What Should Testers do if They are Involved in a Project Late?
It is of common knowledge that web site testing, desktop testing or mobile application testing should start early in any software development process, but in reality often it does not happen.
Late involvement holds many disadvantages for testers and complicates manual and automated testing.
Late Engagement of Test Engineers in Software Development Process:
- increases expenses and time to market of the system, as correcting of software bugs requires more time and efforts during late stages of software construction;
- makes testers spend much time on learning the project, its specificity, requirements;
- prevents testers from finding defects in the requirements, project plan and design in due time.
Fortunately, today no application is released without verifying its quality by a software testing company. If software testing begins late, just before the release, and has tight time and budget constraints, testers can do little to significantly improve the application quality.
Nevertheless, they will be the ones to blame for the software product failure in production.
That is Why Test Engineers Always Must:
- do their best and thoroughly execute functional, usability, security testing and all the other testing types regardless of how late they are involved in the project;
- be objective and honest about the errors; do not agree to sacrifice quality in favor of meeting deadlines, cost saving, etc.;
- be ready to negative attitude and criticism; it is often hard for software producers and developers to learn just before the release that their product contains serious errors, and a lot of things must be corrected.